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What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

It can be treated: Congenitally acquired malaria can cause loss of pregnancy, intrauterine growth retardation, prematurity, anemia, congenital parasitemia. It's rare in the usa; <10 cases are reported each year. The last case of congenital p. Malariae infection in the United States was reported in 1992. You should check with your primary care provider or infection disease doctor, it can be easily treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Yes but low risk: The rate of infection during pregnancy depends on many factors, but remains low. It is about 1% in moms who have developed anti-malaria antibodies and about 10% in those that have not. However, i would be more concerned about the health of the baby as the parasite may pack the placenta and reduce oxygen delivered to the baby. Seek care from a ob/gyn who has experience with high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Yes: CMV is a viral infection that can occur for the first time during pregnancy & produce effects based on timing.If acquired late in pregnancy, the infant may show no signs initially, but develop related hearing loss in the months after birth.In early to mid pregnancy the germ can injure sensitive brain cells & cause more significant damage.If CMV was experienced before pregnancy, the infant is not. ...Read more

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Can maternal staph skin infections harm an unborn child?

Can maternal staph skin infections harm an unborn child?

Most Staph...: ...Infections are localized, and as such pose no threat to an unborn baby. However, the drugs used to treat bacterial infections can, under certain circumstances, be harmful; so make sure that any doctor or other caregiver who treats you is aware that you are pregnant. Never assume they know; tell them, and tell them again. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in caesar case?

In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in 
caesar case?

Ruptured membranes: Chlamydia passes by direct contact, so if your bag of waters broke before you went into labor or the amniotic sac actually got infected by the bacteria (less common), then the infection could be transmitted to the baby even with a c-section delivery. Best to get the chlamydia treated, document cure, and treat partners to prevent re-infection. ...Read more

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Can a gonorrhea infection during pregnancy harm the unborn child?

Can a gonorrhea infection during pregnancy harm the unborn child?

Depends: Recognition & treatment of gonorrhea during pregnancy does not necessarily harm the fetus. The infection can remain localized to external glandular structures and the exterior cervix without invading the fetus. Other std's like syphillis have a variable effect. If untreated, the baby may acquire gc and lose vision from a tremendous eye infection. If concerned get tested & treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more